Whether you are a stockpiling survivalist or simply need to store a small case for safekeeping, firearm enthusiasts cannot overlook the importance of preventing ammo rust (or likely more accurate, ammo corrosion).
Failure to properly store ammunition can result in weakening and/or corrosion of the bullets’ structural integrity. This can potentially lead to an extremely dangerous situation for the shooter and any who happen to be nearby when those rounds are fired.
To be assured your rounds will last, you’ll want to keep them in a cool, dry place – preferably one that is airtight – and use vapor-corrosion inhibiting (VCI) bags, drawer liners or capsules.
Why Does Ammunition Rust?
Corrosion is a natural process that gradually destroys metal, sparked by a chemical or electro-chemical reaction. Rust is a specific form of corrosion that occurs when iron (and iron alloy) is exposed to both oxygen and humidity.
Any ammunition that is made of metal will be vulnerable to corrosion. Most modern bullets are made with lead or lead alloys. Casings are comprised of copper or a mix of copper and zinc. Because these minerals contain little-to-no iron, the damage you see on most bullets probably isn’t rust, but a different form of corrosion. Most metals do have some reaction to 02 (oxygen) and/or H20 (water/humidity). A fair number of metals can corrode when coming into contact or proximity with other metals.
The speed at which ammunition corrosion occurs depends on:
- The exact type of metal involved;
- The purity of the air, water and metal;
- The time length and intensity to which it was exposed to the reactive elements;
- The temperature (heat accelerates corrosion).
That’s why to prevent ammo rust and corrosion, we recommend the storage space be not only dry and sealed but kept relatively dark/cool. But even doing this alone won’t ensure a bullet doesn’t corrode. That’s what Zerust is for.
Danger of Corroded Ammunition
In the worst case scenario, a corroded bullet that is fired could rupture or break, shooting white-hot gases back through the action of the gun and possibly in the shooter’s direction. It is also possible that if the corroded round gets stuck in the chamber and the shooter attempts to fire another round, the weapon could explode.
That’s a pretty rare outcome, as most people knowledgeable with firearms know to avoid corroded bullets. More often than not, if someone tries to chamber a cartridge, it won’t seat tightly enough to lock into action and the gun will be unusable until the damaged bullet is removed and a new one chambered.
Still, because ammunition can be expensive, you want to protect your investment. That means preventing corrosion from rendering your bullets useless.
Zerust offers up to five years of rust and corrosion prevention for your ammo, depending on your storage method and product choice. Some of the most popular for ammo storage include:
- VCI plastabs (for drawer storage)
- VCI capsules (for storage in tool boxes or safes)
- VCI poly bags for ammo (various sizes to fit numerous case sizes and every storage option).
It is possible your bullets could remain in excellent condition for many years with proper storage. VCI technology is odorless, tasteless and non-toxic and serves as a shield for your precious or pricey metals.
Contact Zerust for information on preventing ammo rust and corrosion by emailing us or calling (330) 405-1965.
Ammo Storage: How To Avoid Common Amateur Mistakes, August 2016, SkilledSurvival.com
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Prevent Gun Barrel Rust With Zerust Tube and Barrel Strip, Feb. 11, 2019, Ammo Corrosion Prevention Experts
Car rust prevention is at the forefront of the minds of many vehicle owners residing in flood-prone areas, as record rains and flooding have hit numerous areas of the country hard. The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns firstly that consumers to be wary that once-water-logged vehicles can rapidly become rust pits. Secondly, buyers need to be wary of unscrupulous dealers who repair and resell affected cars that in reality are better suited to a junkyard.
Zerust car rust prevention experts can explain that water has the potential to ruin all kinds of mechanical systems, electronics and lubricants. You might not notice it for a month or possibly for several years. Eventually, though, that corrosion catches up, eating its way through essential electronic components, including airbag controllers. The reason these second-hand dealers get away with hawking water-damaged vehicles is that the rust damage isn’t always glaring. You may not see it without a trained eye, and the vehicle may appear to run just fine. But the long-term reality is the long-term effects will follow that vehicle for the extent of its life.
Unfortunately, even when an insurer declares a flooded car a total loss, that fact isn’t always passed along to potential buyers, despite laws requiring retention of salvage titles and banning their registration prior to necessary repair and inspection, after which it can receive a rebuilt title. Too often, Consumer Reports found these cars pop up on the market with clean titles. If you’re examining a used car for which seller is offering only a bill of sale or who has “lost” the title beware. If you’re suspicious of the car’s history but don’t want to miss out on a bad sale, you can check out the National Motor Vehicle Title System, a tool for consumers to tackle this so-called “title washing.” Carfax offers free flood damage checks as well. That won’t guarantee your vehicle is problem-free, so it’s also a good idea to get a rust check from a mechanic too.
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I stumbled across an old table saw recently while cleaning up my shop. It’s a beautiful piece of hardware, given to me by my grandfather. That table saw launched many a home improvement project – like the beautiful deck that graces the back of my parent’s home. I’m honored to have that table saw, and lucky too. So I endeavor to keep it clean. Time and hard lessons learned over the years have taught me that, when it comes to your tools, heirlooms or otherwise, you’ve got to take the necessary steps to keep them clean and safe from the effects of rust and corrosion.
Funny thing too about that table saw – my grandfather actually kept it in its original box. Funny. He probably thought he was doing a commendable thing in storing it the way he did. It’s characteristic of him. He was a fastidious guy, intent on keeping his tools and shop very clean. Trouble is, the box wasn’t enough to save the table saw from the ravages of time.
I received the saw as a housewarming gift for my first home years ago. By the time it came into my possession, the thing (and the box it came in) had seen better days. I commended my Grandfather as I pulled it from the dusty, faded old cardboard carton with the peeling images of home improvements past still visible on it.
Luckily I was able to clean the thing up, replace the blade, and get it back in business. My grandfather would be proud, God bless him.
I got wise. I’ve since retired that old box from the manufacturer and replaced it with a Zerust Table Saw Cover.
Make no mistake, the rust will come. Like it or not, your shop gets gnarly. Dust. Moisture. Mold. Run of the mill stuff. Regular open air exposure too can cause many wrongs over time.
Keep your table saw nice and snug. Cover it for generations to come with Zerust Table Saw Covers. Rest assure, these covers keep your table saw safe and sound because Zerust Table Saw covers are blessed with our patented rust prevention technology. All of the revolutionary protection you’ve come to expect from all Zerust products are embedded within these covers. Revolutionary developments in rust protection simply come standard with all of Zerust products. Benefits like:
- The non-toxic vapors that coat your saws and blades with invisible protection, thus keeping them safe from harmful rust and corrosion.
- Our superior corrosion-inhibiting formula providing VCI (Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor) protection on the surface of your table saw.
- That good old Zerust 5 year plan, guaranteed: The formulas in our products remain active and provide protection for five years.
And so, dear Z-lings. With only one month left to the glorious summer of 2017, there’s still time to bust that baby out and get some work done. You’re itching to do so. Whether you’re working on your deck, making new kitchen cabinets, cutting hard wood planks for new hardwood floors. Go for it. Make hay while the sun shines. But, remember, when the time comes to clean up your shop, and put away your tools, skip all the oil and water displacement sprays and snake oils. Go with a cleaner, more air tight solution – Zerust Table Saw Covers.
Order today to receive the one anti corrosion and rust protection solution on the market that provides rust protection for years to come.
-Michael J. Miller for Zerust